Hi. I'm Chip Wilson, Founder of Lululemon Athletica and Hold It All Inc.

Entrepreneur. Business Leader. Technical Apparel and Retail Visionary.

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Entrepreneur.
Visionary.
Business Leader.

Chip Wilson is best known as the founder of the yoga-inspired clothing company, lululemon athletica. He is an innovator in the field of technical apparel, widely credited with starting the “athleisure” retail category which has expanded into a $100-billion a year global business.

More recently, Chip has created a portfolio of companies called Hold It All: which directly reflects his diverse interests, personal vision and values. It is truly a family of companies: Chip’s wife, Shannon, and son, JJ, are directly involved in both creative and strategic roles.

Chip’s passion for innovative design and fabrics began, literally, at the feet of his mother, an accomplished seamstress. He started his first retail apparel company, Westbeach Snowboard Ltd., in 1979. It sold apparel targeted at the emerging surf, skate, and snowboard markets.

A year after selling Westbeach, he founded lululemon athletica in 1998. Again, Chip identified a cultural shift – the growing popularity of yoga and the broader social impact of its teachings. His vision was to combine the technical fabrics and design required for yoga with greater style.

Lululemon became a global success story and over time, Chip gradually reduced his ownership stake. The company was taken public in 2007, although he remains its largest individual shareholder and one of it’s most vocal champions.



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Since then, the proceeds from the sale of lululemon have been largely allocated to the growth of assets and entities within Hold It All.

Among them is Kit and Ace, an international clothing and retail enterprise started in 2014 by Shannon and JJ. Kit and Ace leverages the fabric and design experience gained through lululemon, to create sophisticated clothing with the fabrics and performance standards typically associated with athleisure wear.

Low Tide Properties, another of member of the Hold It All corporate family, is a substantial Vancouver-based real estate investment company. It has a growing portfolio of investments and an expanding management services business.

The mobile app, whil, is also included in Hold It All. Based on 60- second exercises that promote mindfulness, whil is designed as a tool to help individuals and organizations enhance quality of life and productivity.

In my heart, I'm still an athlete who likes to have fun and live healthy and this is what has inspired my entire life.

He and Shannon have founded Imagine1Day, a non-profit organization committed to bringing quality education to all Ethiopians by 2030, without reliance on foreign aid. Through the Accelerator Fund and Creatributions, Chip and Shannon are using unique and entrepreneurial mechanisms to help accomplish that goal. Recently, it was announced that imagine1day joined forces with Canadian non-profit WE charity. The two organizations will be working together to grow the impact in Ethiopia, support sustainable development in East Africa, and provide efficient shared governance, management, and operations.

Separately, the Wilsons have funded the The Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a $36 million project. They pledged $12 million to the School with the goal of advancing BC’s technical apparel industry. Lululemon, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the Province of British Columbia serve as additional financial partners. The school broke ground in Fall 2013 and will include new teaching studios, gallery space for student exhibitions, and a “usability lab” where students can design, prototype and market product concepts.

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Chip as a leader

Chip as a leader

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Hold It All: Chip Wilson’s holding company controls a portfolio of diverse assets and interests ranging from retail to real estate to fashion start-ups to philanthropy.

Each entity within Hold It All has its own experienced management team.

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Elevatelululemon: As the founder, largest individual shareholder and biggest cheerleader of lululemon, I am committed to supporting management to realize the company’s full value and potential. Through the Elevatelululemon website I am maintaining public awareness and constantly identifying new opportunities that will position lulu for success in the long term. Lulu is more than able to withstand the high expectations that will continue to drive it toward excellence and success.

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